The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigerian, COREN has elected Engr Ali Rabiu, FNSE as a new president. He will be taking over from the outgoing Engr Kashim Ali, whose tenure has witnessed massive accomplishments and culminated in the signing of Amended COREN Act by President Muhammadu Buhari administration. Also elected is Engr. Dr. U.Nwoji FNSE as the Vice President of the Council.
An accomplished practicing civil engineer and manager of resources and men, ENgr rabiu was born on April 24th April, 1963 in Lafia, Nasarawa State, he holds Higher National Diploma from Federal Polytechnic, Bida; Bachelor Degrees in Civil engineering from Bayero University University, Kano and also an MBA from same university and has attended local and international courses.
Cigarin Lafia, as he is fondly called is a former Vice President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE and has served the COREN Council in the past years. He has extensive experience in various aspects of Civil Engineering works particularly construction supervision and procurement services, spanning more than 30 years. He also had experience in management and policy making.
He has been responsible for, and involved in the design and supervision of several bridges, roads, concrete structures, water supply schemes, small dams, flood and erosion control works. He has also been involved in environmental sanitation projects and community development programmes.
Engr Rabiu’s professional career in engineering spanning over 30 years include: the Executive Partner, AR – AR Partnership, Consulting Engineering firm; Senior Engineer, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Project, Project Coordinator, Bayelsa State Infrastructural Development Programme; Project Manager, Hotoro South Erosion Control Project, Kano State, Project Manager, Oforachi Irrigation Project, Kogi State; Project Manager, World Bank – Assisted Nasarawa State Community Based Urban Development Project, Karu; Project Director, Nasarawa State Massive Programme on Road Construction to mention but few.
He is a COREN registered engineer and a Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow of Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (FNICE), Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), Member, Nigerian Water & Sanitation Association (MNIWASA), Member, Association of Consulting Engineers, Nigeria (MACEN) among others.
He has served the nation in various capacities some of which are: Member, Presidential Monitoring Team on DFRRI Rural Water and Sanitation Programme, Sokoto and Kebbi States, Consultant/Member, House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on the investigation of flooding of the Goronyo Dam, Sokoto State, Member, Governing Council, Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichi, Kano State. Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Kano Branch, Chairman, Technical Committee to assess the damages/loses caused by Fire outbreak at Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano State, Vice – President, Nigerian Society of Engineers to mention but few.
For his many contributions to the Community and his novel works, he was honoured with the traditional title of Cigarin Lafia by HRH, Alh. Isa Mustapha Agwai 1, the Emir of Lafia. He has also received various awards and recognition both from professional circles and the society.
Engr Rabiu is coming at a crucial time engineering community is still revel in the passage of the amended COREN Act which gave far reaching power to the Council. The new leadership is expected to build on Engr Kashim Ali’s laudable achievements and also saddled with implementation of the Act and providing leadership to engineering family.
In a paper titled: “The Nigerian Engineer and National Development” he said
The Nigerian Engineer will be judged harshly by posterity if he fails to provide leadership for a Nation in dire need of leadership.
COREN is the constitutionally recognized body that regulate engineering in Nigeria. Established by decree 55 of 1970 and amended by Decree 27 of 1992, now the “Engineers (Registration, etc) Act, CAP E11 of 2004” Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Act establishes COREN as a statutory body of the Federal Government empowered to regulate the Practice of Engineering in all aspects and ramifications in Nigeria. The Decrees empowered the Council to regulate and control the training and practice of engineering in Nigeria and to ensure and enforce the registration of all engineering personnel (i.e. Engineers, Engineering Technologists, Engineering Technicians, and Engineering Craftsmen) and consulting firms wishing to practice or engage in the practice of engineering.
It Past presidents are:
- Engr. V. A. Haffner 1972 – 1972
- Engr. Prof. I. O. Oladapo 1974 – 1977
- Engr. (Chief) S.O. Fadahunsi 1977 – 1986
- Engr. A. O. Faluyi 1988 – 1991
- Engr. I. K. Inuwa 1991 – 1994
- Engr. Dr. M. A. Gulma 1994 – 2001
- Engr. E. B. Osoba 2001 – 2004
- Engr. H. A. Gumel 2004 – 2010
- Engr. Mustapha Bulama 2010 – 2012
- Engr. Ibikunle Ogunbayo 2012 – 2013
- Engr. Kashim A. Ali 2013 to 2019
- Engr Ali. A. Rabiu 2019 ……..
From us at MyEngineers, we say Congratulations and wishing you wisdom in taking the engineering to Next level.
Report by Isqil Najim